26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

A Certain Force in an Uncertain World

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a high altitude low opening (HALO) jump during category 3 sustainment training in Louisburg, N.C., June 2, 2015. The training allowed the Marines to practice proper techniques and procedures while in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
Force Recon Marines show no fear, jump from thousands of feet
U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a high altitude low opening (HALO) jump during category 3 sustainment training in Louisburg, N.C., June 2, 2015. The training allowed the Marines to practice proper techniques and procedures while in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
Marines with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/6 conduct military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) training at Mobile MOUT aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 28, 2015. During the training, the Marines practiced patrolling, established vehicle checkpoints, and conducted  assault drills during day and night operations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)
BLT 2/6 conducts MOUT
Marines with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/6 conduct military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) training at Mobile MOUT aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 28, 2015. During the training, the Marines practiced patrolling, established vehicle checkpoints, and conducted assault drills during day and night operations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)
Marines with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/6 conduct military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) training at Mobile MOUT aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 28, 2015. During the training, the Marines practiced patrolling, established vehicle checkpoints, and conducted assault drills during day and night operations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)
BLT 2/6 conducts MOUT
Marines with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/6 conduct military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) training at Mobile MOUT aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 28, 2015. During the training, the Marines practiced patrolling, established vehicle checkpoints, and conducted assault drills during day and night operations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough)
U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) help lift a simulated casualty onto a SH-60 Seahawk during Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 16, 2015. The Marines were evaluated on their training as part of preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Force Recon Detachment VBSS Evaluation
U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) help lift a simulated casualty onto a SH-60 Seahawk during Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 16, 2015. The Marines were evaluated on their training as part of preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
Marines with Light Armored Reconnaissance, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrol an Improvised Explosive Device lane during Realistic Urban Training aboard Fort Pickett, Va., April 15, 2015. IED lanes are used to teach Marines what to expect when looking for a device, how to react once one is spotted and once one is detonated. During this exercise, Marines were tasked with finding one device and reacting to one being triggered at an unknown time. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton A. Precht)
LAR Marines take to the raid
Marines with Light Armored Reconnaissance, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrol an Improvised Explosive Device lane during Realistic Urban Training aboard Fort Pickett, Va., April 15, 2015. IED lanes are used to teach Marines what to expect when looking for a device, how to react once one is spotted and once one is detonated. During this exercise, Marines were tasked with finding one device and reacting to one being triggered at an unknown time. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton A. Precht)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 26th Marine Expeditionary Force, rehearse mass casualty evacuation drills during the unit's realistic urban training at Fort Pickett, Va., April 15, 2015. The 26th MEU is conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
CLB 26 conducts mass casualty exercise
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 26th Marine Expeditionary Force, rehearse mass casualty evacuation drills during the unit's realistic urban training at Fort Pickett, Va., April 15, 2015. The 26th MEU is conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to board a ship from Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boats during Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA, April 12, 2015. The Marines were evaluated on their training as part of their preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Force Recon Detachment VBSS Evaluation
U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to board a ship from Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boats during Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA, April 12, 2015. The Marines were evaluated on their training as part of their preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exit a building through a window during military operations in urban terrain training, at Fort Pickett, Va., April 11, 2015. The 26th MEU and its supporting elements are conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jalen D. Phillips/Released)
Realistic Urban Training
U.S. Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exit a building through a window during military operations in urban terrain training, at Fort Pickett, Va., April 11, 2015. The 26th MEU and its supporting elements are conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jalen D. Phillips/Released)
U.S. Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct live-fire room clearing drills at a shoot house aboard Fort Pickett, Va., April 11, 2015. The 26th MEU is conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
MRF conducts live-fire shoot house
U.S. Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct live-fire room clearing drills at a shoot house aboard Fort Pickett, Va., April 11, 2015. The 26th MEU is conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), signal a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced), 26th MEU, during helicopter support training at Fort Pickett, Va., April 11, 2015. The long distance transportation of supplies by air can be used to support troops ashore such as when conducting a humanitarian assistance or disaster relief mission where supplies are needed in a timely manner. The 26th MEU is conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment in the 5th and 6th fleet area of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins/ 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
26th MEU conducts realistic urban training
U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), signal a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced), 26th MEU, during helicopter support training at Fort Pickett, Va., April 11, 2015. The long distance transportation of supplies by air can be used to support troops ashore such as when conducting a humanitarian assistance or disaster relief mission where supplies are needed in a timely manner. The 26th MEU is conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment in the 5th and 6th fleet area of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins/ 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Force, use a smoke grenade to screen their movement as they prepare to enter a building during military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) training at Fort Pickett, Va., April 11, 2015. The 26th MEU is conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
BLT 2/6 conducts MOUT training
U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Force, use a smoke grenade to screen their movement as they prepare to enter a building during military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) training at Fort Pickett, Va., April 11, 2015. The 26th MEU is conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
U.S. Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct drills to clear a building during an urban assault course at Fort Pickett, Va., April 14, 2015. The 26th MEU and its supporting elements are conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua W. Brown/Released)
MRF conducts MOUT training
U.S. Marines with Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct drills to clear a building during an urban assault course at Fort Pickett, Va., April 14, 2015. The 26th MEU and its supporting elements are conducting realistic urban training in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua W. Brown/Released)
U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) fast-rope onto a ship from a CH-53E Super Stallion while conducting Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 7, 2015. The exercise was part of the 26th MEU’s pre-deployment training, and allowed Marines to enhance their skills in maritime operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Force Recon Detachment VBSS Training Exercise
U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) fast-rope onto a ship from a CH-53E Super Stallion while conducting Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., April 7, 2015. The exercise was part of the 26th MEU’s pre-deployment training, and allowed Marines to enhance their skills in maritime operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/6 prepare to clear a building during a vertical assault raid training course at Combat Town aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2015. The exercise was designed to teach Marines how to conduct military operations in urban terrain after deboarding an aircraft. The unit practiced patrolling, room clearing and casualty evacuation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Dalton A. Precht/Released)
BLT 2/6 conducts aerial assault drills
Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/6 prepare to clear a building during a vertical assault raid training course at Combat Town aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 31, 2015. The exercise was designed to teach Marines how to conduct military operations in urban terrain after deboarding an aircraft. The unit practiced patrolling, room clearing and casualty evacuation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Dalton A. Precht/Released)
gt. Nicholas P. Slover, a U.S. Marine with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, removes his boot before inflating his pants during a swim qualification course at the Area 5 pool aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2015. Marines must tread water for 10 minutes during the qualification to demonstrate they can properly use their uniform as a flotation device for survival in water. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
Water Survival
gt. Nicholas P. Slover, a U.S. Marine with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, removes his boot before inflating his pants during a swim qualification course at the Area 5 pool aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 17, 2015. Marines must tread water for 10 minutes during the qualification to demonstrate they can properly use their uniform as a flotation device for survival in water. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Yarbrough/Released)
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Since World War II, in nearly every crisis, the United States Marine Corps has deployed projection forces, with the ability to move ashore with sufficient sustainability for prolonged operations. These forces have been organized into Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTF), a combination of air, ground and support assets. MAGTFs are established for specific missions, or in anticipation of a wide range of possible missions. Combining air, ground and logistic assets maximizes the combat power of each of the war fighting elements. MAGTFs have long provided the United States with a broad spectrum of response options when U.S. and allied interests have been threatened and in non-combat situations that require instant response to crisis. Selective, timely and credible commitment of air-ground units have, on many occasions, helped bring stability to a region and sent signals worldwide to aggressors that the United States is willing to defend its interests, and it is able to do so with a significantly powerful force on extremely short notice.